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Flag Pond State Natural Area

2020-2021 Season


Location: 2 miles north and east of Clay City, in Clay County.

Description: Flag Pond is a natural pond found in the bottomland of the Little Wabash River in Clay County, Illinois. This pond and the surrounding 255 acres contain many natural qualities including native plant communities and animals that are uncommon to Illinois. Flag Pond was dedicated by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission as a Land and Water Reserve and is also listed as an Illinois Natural Areas Inventory Site.

Total Acres: 255.        Huntable Acres: 255

Legal Game Species: Deer, turkey and squirrel.

Species Season Hours Bag Limit Special Regulations
Deer Firearm Statewide,

Springfield Special Permit Required
Statewide Statewide 1,5,6
Deer Archery Statewide Statewide Statewide 1,5
Spring Turkey Statewide Statewide Statewide 5,6
Fall Shotgun Turkey


Springfield Special Permit Required

Statewide Statewide 5
Fall Archery Turkey Statewide Statewide Statewide 1,5
Squirrel Statewide Statewide Statewide 2,3,5

Special Regulations

  1. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. Portable tree stands are allowed and may be left unattended overnight during the period September 15 through January 31. Only one stand is allowed per hunter. Each stand must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number when left unattended. No nails, screws, or other devices are allowed to pierce trees.
  2. Windshield cards are required for tabulating squirrel harvest only. These are available online at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. Squirrel hunters are required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information.
  3. Rim fire rifles, handguns, shotguns, muzzleloaders and air rifles are allowed for squirrel hunting.
  4. Other than above listed, all other statewide regulations apply for the hunted species.
  5. As a reminder, state law prohibits hunting within 300 yards of a dwelling. 100 yards for bow and arrow or shotgun with shotgun shells only. 300 yards for shotgun deer slugs and all rifles including air rifles.
  6. Firearm Deer hunting and Spring Wild Turkey hunting are only allowed for hunters who possess a valid site specific (Flag Pond) permit allocated through the Springfield special permit drawing. Clay county permits are not valid.

For further information:, contact Site Manager, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, 4295 N. 1000th St., Newton, IL 62448, 618-783-2685; or District Biologist, 1231 South West St., P.O. Box 313, Olney, IL  62450.  618/393-6732.​​​

Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.